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Inequity in the face of death


    (Erasmus University of Rotterdam, The Netherlands; Tinbergen Institute, The Netherlands; NETSPAR, The Netherlands)



    (Université catholique de Louvain, CORE, B-1348 Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium; Center for Economic Studies, KULeuven, B-3000 Leuven, Belgium)

  • VAN OURTI, Tom

    (Erasmus University of Rotterdam, The Netherlands; Tinbergen Institute, The Netherlands; NETSPAR, The Netherlands)

  • BAGO D’UVA, Teresa

    (Erasmus University of Rotterdam, The Netherlands; Tinbergen Institute, The Netherlands; NETSPAR, The Netherlands)

We apply the theory of inequality in opportunity to measure inequity in mortality. Our empirical work is based on a rich dataset for the Netherlands (1998-2007), linking information about mortality, health events and lifestyles. We show that distinguishing between different channels via which mortality is affected is necessary to test the sensitivity of the results with respect to different normative positions. Moreover, our model allows for a comparison of the inequity in simulated counterfactual situations, including an evaluation of policy measures. We explicitly make a distinction between inequity in mortality risks and inequity in mortality outcomes. The treatment of this difference - “luck†- has a crucial influence on the results.

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Paper provided by Université catholique de Louvain, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE) in its series CORE Discussion Papers with number 2012024.

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Date of creation: 21 Jul 2012
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Handle: RePEc:cor:louvco:2012024
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